Govt under fire over new police DIG:  Implicated in Chasowa murder

Government is under fire following the appointment of Commissioner Rodney Jose as Deputy Inspector General of Police over reports that he was implicated on the death of Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa.

New police chief Kanyama (left) to be deputised by Jose

New police chief Kanyama (left) to be deputised by Jose

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday appointed Paul Kanyama as new police chief to replace Loti Dzonzi who has resigned and also announced the appointment of Rodney Jose to replace Kanyama. Jose was police commissioner at Mtakataka.

Jose is one of the police officers implicated in the murder of he fourth-year mechanical engineering student who was found dead on campus on September 24 2011

He  is on record to have accepted that he engaged Chasowa and three others to thwart the demonstrations against government by civil society organisations, but that the relationship went sour when the money was not paid out. Chasowa is reported to have threatened to reveal government secrets in retaliation.

Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Director Timothy Mtambo said the appointment is an issue of serious concern and worrisome.

“Much as the law says a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law, these are issues of ethics and principles.

“What message is government trying to communicate? Will there be a day when the truth on the issue will come out since the person who was implicated has been elevated? This person has got no moral mandate to stand as deputy IG,” said Ntambo in an interview with Nyasa Times.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  spokesperson Dr Jesse Kabwira said the appointment shows that government is not committed to the security of the country.

“This is sending a wrong signal to the country. How is the family of the late Chasowa feeling with the development? In other words, this means government is not committed to see into it that those involved are brought to book,” she said.

Chasowa was found dead on September 24 at the Polytechnic campus and police earlier attributed his death to suicide. However, a postmortem by College of Medicine histopathologist Charles Dzamalala determined the death resulted from assault to the head with a blunt instrument or instruments.

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49 thoughts on “Govt under fire over new police DIG:  Implicated in Chasowa murder”

  1. maxwell nsani says:

    People,
    To start with the guy next to new IG kanyama is Mr Kachama, who is DIG administration and continues in that position. kanyama was DIG Operations and now that he has been appointed IG, Rodney Jose has taken his place as DIG operations.

    Noone trivialises the death of Chasowa but it appears to me that Jose has been convicted without trial based on a report which did not even mention mention him as a killer. What he admitted to was recruiting Chasowa as an agent in a police operation. Chasowa was an a mature adult, over 18 who was neither manipulated nor threatened into taking part in the operation. It is just a shame that the whole thing ended tragically the way it did.

    Rodney jose is not a killer, he is an exceptionally police man. I knew Jose from the days he was one of the trainers who was trained by CIA at Police training school in Limbe and he was training his fellow Malawians. He was an exceptional officer in charge at Lilongwe police station and a very effective commissioner of southern region. He was sent to mtakataka by the JB government as a punishment following the chasowa inquiry. A punishment because there has never been a commandant for Police training school inh Limbe, nor Mulangeni in Ntcheu, nor police college in Zomba even Training school in Mtakataka of a rank as high as commissioner in the history of the Malawi Police service.

    If Jose was a killer, all you people who are insulting the president for his appointment should have pushed for his prosecution or his retirement, and not restrict his rise in the police ranks.

    As for whether he has tracks, farms etc, why not?! if they are stolen and you have proof tell the ACB to investigate, otherwise who said a policeman cannot have property?

    Finally, It is MY VIEW that the line up of Kanyama as IG, Kachama as DIG Adminstration and Rodney Jose as DIG operations is just what the doctor ordered. Please check what I am saying with policemen who know these people. There are very few policemen with the experience and exposure of these fine policemen. Don’t politicise this please, we need safer streets and neighbourhoods, let these guys do it, they can deliver. Jose is no threat to anybody.

  2. wamasomphenya says:

    Ambuye timenyereni nkhondo. Mudatimenyera tidakuwonani. Munagwetsa malinga a Jericho Ndipo munalumbila kuti yense womangaso linga la yeriko adzalipila ndi imfa yamwana wake. Mutagwetsa yeriko pamalawi alomwe adaganiza zokutsutsana pochita mwachinyengo ndikukwezaso malinga a yeriko chitani nawo monga munalonjezera kuti yense oyimikaso malinga a yeriko alipile ndi imfa yamwana wake. Aweruzeni alomwewa baba

  3. wamasomphenya says:

    Eeeeeee a mukhitho awa asankha Jose. Palibeso wina wachita izi mwikhitho. Shame on this so called president koma ndiye wayaluka pitala kusankha wakupha kumpatsa udindo ife tizimulipila kumthokoza potiphera chasowa koma nangati a Malawi tikhale chete apa dziko tililakwila uyu Jose sayenera kukwezedwa ndimunthu owopsya kumtundu wa Malawi. Koma pulezidenti wanuyo angogona kwasiya anthu azingoyikana mmaudindo. Check list ya teaching service commission aaa zamkhutu

  4. Malindima says:

    Where there is a need for absolute security in a country, there will be Police brutality applied. MCP Government applied this brutality and there was absolute security especially under Inspector General Kamwana. Kamuzu fired most of the IGs that came there after for failing to apply that brutality. In the absence of such brutality during UDF government, we saw a huge security lapse. People cried for lack of Security.
    Under Mukhito, it was all high security.
    Under the Reverend cum police chief Loti Dzonzi, it was all Xmas for the criminals.
    Now we need the security we have been crying for and we believe these top brass of the Police have such qualities. Good appointments mr President!!!!!!!!!

  5. bonya phiri says:

    stll innoncent until proven guilty by court of law nt by atumbuka amathanyula

  6. VYOTO says:

    IT IS NOT SURPRISING AT ALL THAT PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA IS SHOWING SINGS OF GROSS INSENSITIVITY TO ISSUES LIKE THE APPOINTMENT OF A DIG(POLICE) WITH A SERIOUS CASE BORDERING ON THE VERY SAME SECURITY THAT HE IS EXPECTED TO OFFER TO MALAWIANS LARGELY DUE TO OLD AGE (75 YRS OF OLD MIND YOU). LET THE 14 MILLION OF US ALL PRAY HARD FOR ANOTHER GOD’S INTERVENTION BEFORE ANOTHER MALAWIAN GETS BUTCHERED IN THE SAME MANNER AS LATE ROBERT CHASOWA (MAY CHASOWA’S SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE) WAS BUTCHERED UNDER THIS JOSE’S TEAM.TO PETER MUTHALIKA ANYTHING I MEAN “ANYTHING” THAT HIS ARROGANT LATE BROTHER BINGU DID AS MALAWI PRESIDENT IS RELIGIOUSLY GOOD!!!!!!WHAT TYPE OF PURE WITCHCRAFT THINKING IS BEING DISPLAYED BY THE PRESIDENT THAT IS PAID BY THE TAX MONEY FROM ALL OF US ?????????????????????????????????

  7. Pepricase says:

    Remember this is the government whose leaders are the decendants of Adam and Eva. They can not bring peace, stability and joy to the people. We should always expect crying and mourning everyday. It is only jehova’s kingdom that will restore the paradise the first couple had lost. All these gvt are there to get the money. And if they see anyone blocking their way they kill instead of protecting. Gosh

  8. nkhotakota says:

    Pachichewa pali mwambi oti CHOSONGOKA CHILICHONSE CHILI NDI POLOWA zikuonesa kuti pachiyambi pakuyambisa zinthuzo ankadziwa manthero ake

  9. kanthu says:

    anthu inu tisiyeni tikuphana tokha tokha vuto anu ndichiani?

  10. kathole says:

    Apa ndiye bodza likuchitikali kodi ena palibe angaikidwe pampando umenewu?

  11. peter says:

    This should not be surprising. Muthalika, a criminal suspect (treason) was elected by Malawians to lead the nation for the next five years; why should he be denied freedom to choose his friends (criminal suspects) to help him do the job Malawians voted him for. All the mid night six have been given jobs and no one questioned him, why the noise now? nsanje eti?

  12. Malawian says:

    Number 22 please withdraw that word yoti agalu because it is inhuman to call your fellow human being a dog. I know that the problem with you people is that you have blind loyalty. If a person comes from your tribe or region you support them on anything they do whether good or bad and I can forgive you for that because a number of you do not have the capacity to analyse issues and come up with a proper conclusion. I must say that I have no apologies to make that I come from the north and that it is only the northern region that does not have any blind loyalty, for example, that is why at the time of his death, the late Chakufwa Chihana had very little support in the north despite the fact that he is the one who brought multi party in Malawi (although some people are busy trying to rewrite the history of this country). The support for Chihana faded away because of the numerous turns and twists that he made in his political carear. It is my hope that the quota system will help to improve the capacity in some of the parts of the country so that more and more people should be able to follow what is happening and be able to distinguish between good and bad decisions.

  13. syamboza says:

    Mulomwe uyu alibe nzeru pitala uyu nzeru alibe ngati malawi sichita kankhu tidya udzu masomphenya nde ndamenewo

  14. DANIEL PHIRI says:

    CONGRATULATIONS JOSE. IT SEEMS PITALA HAS NOW REWARDED YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE.
    BLACK MOSES BE CAREFUL YOU ARE IN DANGER, THE KILLER COP IS BACK IN TOWN.

  15. Jabulosi says:

    THIS JUST SHOWS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT IN CONTROL,HIS SHALLOW NOT INTELLIGENT ADVISERS ARE RUNNING THE SHOW. JOSE IS AN APPOINTEE BY MUKHITO!!!

  16. Mbanangwa says:

    You can not prove that Kamuzu fed 600,000 people to crocodiles. It is easy to prove that Kamuzu ‘s right handymen in the likes of Tembo, youth leaguers etc did that dirty work.

  17. ZONYONANA says:

    you failed to find him guilt nthawi ya masiteni. What exactly do you want you savages. You know pretty sure that you failed to find him guilty for the two years you were in office. To be honest you are against Jose because of political or ethinic reasons.Have you mastered in law to teach an international Professor in that field?KAMBANI ZINA anthu ozikonda ndi osokoneza inu. Malawi is for all of us. For you kaya boma liziyenda bwino or ayi you don’t care koma muzipezeka nokha pachilichonse.GO TO HELL!

  18. lumbart says:

    Looking at Jose face he is a bloody murderer and evil planner. Apm ulibe nzeru ungasankhe murderer suspect zoona dzikodi lili mmanja Mwa a galu a lomwe

  19. wakukaya says:

    Chasowa si mutumbuka.Wagwa nayo after all tikhala ndi dziko lathu pompano.Munya muwona alomwe ife tilindi migodi kumupoto kuno ndiposo timalima naga inu Kuba basi.

  20. RUNNING AWAY FROM THE CASE ———- BUT NOT IN THE WAY YOU HAVE DONE IT THINK TWICE ———– PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND WAITING WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT SOLUTIONS. ADVISORS AND DIRECTORS PLEASE DO NOT MISLEAD THE BIG MAN.

  21. Mulhakho says:

    Ndiye za chasowa zipange affect dziko lonse? Kodi simumaziwabe kuti Chasowa anafera ntchito za manja ake? Iwe kabwila za Chasowa its nt matter of National interest,musiyeni Jose agwire malo

  22. kukukuki says:

    Tiyeni nazoni

  23. Ambuje ku lilongwe says:

    Atumbuka mwagundika kutokota takumbani, koma kamtundu kameneka tisiyana nako liti kazipita kwawo mwatikwana.
    A Jose akuganiziridwa zimenezo sikuti akatero ndiye kuti acosedwe ntvhito ai kapena asakwezedwe udinfo ai. Kupolice malamulo ake mumawaziwa agalu inu?
    Sorry to use that word coz u are too much criticisizing oir chosen by majority votes during may 20 elecyion. Nthawi ya abiti munali zii mpaka kumasamusa mabed cipatala ichi kumapita nawo uko.

    1. Robert Bamusi says:

      Ambuje Lilongwe pamtumbo pako ndithu,palinkhani yosankhilana mitundu pamenepa mmphawi wopanda ntchito iwe sukulunso sunaphunzile nyani.

    2. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

      Galu iwe, atumbuka akapita kwao amene akalime muminda ya fyodya ku Rumphi ndani…..mesa iwe ndi azibale ako ndinu amene mumakalima ku minda ya atumbuka. udzipase ulemu wamva?

  24. COYSON says:

    Try to get something out of nothing. prof do u think jose can solve it?

  25. Oluza ali m'boma says:

    Cassim Chilumpha adasakhidwa uja kukhala nduna mlandu usanathe uja bwanji atumbuka inu simumazuzula, chifukwa choti osakhayo (Mutharika) osati joyce Banda si mtumbuka ndiye kuchulusa zonena .Bwanji simumafufuza za chasowa yo nthawi imene mumalamulira ija?

  26. unexpected says:

    It’s been years since the death of the student and you have no proof until today of who killed him,nde mukufuna chani?? i don’t blame the president cuz he has appointed an innocent man,unless you prove him guilty which you have failed to do all these years,mungodekha baxi…kuganiziridwa pa mulandu sikupanga mulanduwo.

  27. ujeni says:

    Why is life of a human being so cheap in Malawi. Malawi should be somewhere in the middle east. People get killed and killers continue to live freely, even standing for elections. When is malawi going to be a civilised country amangwetu

  28. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    Ooh! what a shame. Malawi being taken for slaughter, sure. I cry for my beloved Malawi. Lord, have mercy.

  29. mphepozinai says:

    Peter, how can you be so shameless and blatant hiring this thug to be a DIG!!? This country has gone to the dogs because you blind syncopants. That’s the problem with Malawi tribal politics and we shall never develop because of this demagogry.

  30. BigMan says:

    Mtambo always barking, barking, barking, and barking some more…for nothing!

  31. ndangodutsa chisale says:

    The plan of Peter Mutharika is to let Jose continue from where he stopped. Titha psiti mMalawi muno.

  32. chatonda says:

    Kuli kanthu uko… does it mean the president was not aware of Jose”s involvement in the murder case of Chasowa? Ekwe, how come that the president could appoint a suspect of murder to that position of providing security to the nation yet he l;ed a bad example of getting involved in another murder case which has not be diposed off by the court of law/ Mwataninso A Professor nanga? Simply Put, remove him because he is a suspect.

  33. concerned Citizen says:

    BRING GIVING YOU EVIDENCE OR SHUT UP. AFTER ALL THEY STILL HAVEN’T BEEN APPROVED SO WHAT IS GIVING YOU CRIMINALS DIARRHEA?

  34. Wawaman says:

    Imeneyi Ndiye Police Ya Dpp, Kupelekelatu Mphamvu Kwa Zigawenga Zawo Kuti Ayambe Kutizunza Bwino.Mwayamba Kale Kupha Asilikali Mukudziwa Kuti Amatikhalira Ku Mbuyo.Stupid!

  35. panyowe ndithu says:

    bliv u me ppo, boma la Bingu silisiyana ndi la Peter… anthu ake ndi omwe aja koma angosintha malo…. izi sizitithandixa… betrayal of public trust

  36. Jimmy says:

    This is ridiculous and unacceptable as far as law is concerned,it looks as if this stupid Peter has run out of good ideas to govern this small country,appointing ppl who are not appropriate to hold posts due to their abuse of office and are murderers.

  37. Patriot says:

    Signs of a leader that was NOT chosen by God.
    He is putting in place people with no remorse in doing evil.
    He is settleling grounds for “shoot to kill” of innoncent people during the next Demonstration.
    This leader WAS NOT chosen by God, coz if it was the case, WHY HAS HE FAILED IN ALL SECTORS OF GOUVERNMENT?

  38. phyllis says:

    Kamuzu fed 600,000 people to crocodiles yet Jessie Kabwila still wears his genocidal face on her breast and buttocks in MCP colors!! what a pathetic hypocrite!!Communications major basi??? you call that academics- you got your shallow doctorate in mass comminications?? thats the weakest academic field- its like getting a degree in being a vendor!! mxxiiii!!

    1. Mwana wa a Naliyera says:

      A phyllis nkhani apa ndi ya DIG Jose. Kabwila musiyeni. Kodi inu Chasowa akanakhala brother wanu bwenzi lero mukumva bwanji?

  39. D says:

    I would be very interested to hear the views of the Polytechnic Student Union on this considering that Chasowa was a member of the student body.

  40. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    He was in Lilongwe before being posted to Ntaka-taka. He is damn rich with a fleet of trucks, small vehicles and farms. Either cashgate beneficiary or was rewarded after Chasowa’s murder. He needs to be investigated. May be later if not now.

  41. Angel of Doom says:

    Sometimes I appear as if I side with Muthalika, when in fact that is fat from the truth.

    All I try to do is try and make my fellow Malawians to think like human beings.

    Jose “Mouriniho” was not implicated on Saturday, Kambwira has not just woken up and realised she was a Parliamentarian on Saturday, CHRR was not created on Saturday.

    So why wait to take the government to task after Saturday. Are we saying it was all right for someone who was implicated in murder to be commissioner of Police but it not all right for them to be deputy Inspector of Police? What are we saying?

    Kabwira has the privilege of being in parliament, why did she not raise this issue of a commissioner of police implicated in murder still on Government pay roll, while the same Government is sacking CEOs left right and Center?

    If people like Kabwira and those in CHRR do things this way, we the on looker believe that really it is not Jose they are complaining about, but rather finding fault with Muthalika.

    Was this Jose not commissioner of Police during Joyce Banda? was it not Joyce Banda that made a lot of noise about “Mwanawathu Chasowa” and yet she sacked Katopola, sacked Mthiko ( whatever his name was) but left this Jose in post. Did anyone make noise about it? Yet Joyce Banda was in post for 2 years, lookoing at this man whom she knew was implicated in the murder of “Mwanawathu Chasowa”

    This is why people conclude that “A Malawi nsanje” you do not want people that you hate get anything good, whether they are guilty of anything or not.

    It is very frightening that the CHRR and the Kabwiras are suppose to speak for the citizens, but 100% of the times they speak for themselves.

    1. Nsanasana says:

      What a useless contribution!It could have done you good had it been you utilized the time you spent on writing this nonsense on Masturbation.

  42. SIBONDA says:

    …then don’t confirm his appointment in parliament …

    1. What does the law say says:

      I think only the IG will undergo Parly scrutiny and not his deputy. What does the law say? I agree with 4. Angel of Doom. Kumvetsa chisoni a Malawi reactionary politics and fault finding

  43. Louis mlomwe wachitonga says:

    koma zinazi. olo kutsutsako nde china chilichosetu. Pls cso’s & opposition be matured. 50yrs of independence is not a joke. all we want now is solution to economic probs at hand. even if kabwira & her colleague s were in boma today. naonso akanapeza njira zao zobera. its unfortunate kuti andale tili nao mmalawi muno mbava zokhazokha. but one day God will give us a clean leader. take it or leave it

  44. Mulopwana Wa Mamwene says:

    Koma kukupita Malawi? I really don’t know where Malawi is going

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